| 8/2/2017 1:05:00 PM

Tags: weeds, gardening, Wisconsin, Laura Berlage, life lessons,

A little rain, a little sun, and poof, the weeds are up!

I know that it’s said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes, but I would like to add another item to that list:  weeds. 

Even if you live in a concrete jungle, weeds are going to find a crack somewhere.  They’re in your lawn, in the flower bed, creeping along the pathways, and especially…in your garden.  Turn your eye away for a moment or two, and there they are.  Add a little rain and a little sun, and they’re out with a vengeance. 

The weed seeds “float through the air with the greatest of ease,” come in on the compost, and creep their way in from the edges.  They tangle and smother and outproduce the plants I’d like to see growing.  And they are quite proud to reach heights taller than myself, spewing about their seeds for even more weeding fun for next year.

I must admit that weeding is one of my least favorite farm activities, possibly because it never seems to be done until you finally just give up or snow flies.  Over the years, we’ve utilized old hay or plastic mulch to help smother out the invaders, but some crops still need the exposed soil, like picky carrots or ambitious radishes.

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